Artificial Intelligence Survey Research Contractor – Role Description and Application Form
Please submit applications by 23:59 BST on August 10th 2020. We will consider applications on a rolling basis.
We are seeking a Survey Research Contractor interested in the use of survey methodology to answer crucial questions in AI policy and governance. The Survey Research Contractor, who is likely to have a PhD in a related area, or otherwise be working towards one, will work with other researchers at the Centre for the Governance of AI, Future of Humanity Institute, University of Oxford, and the Department of Government, Cornell University to conduct survey research. The contract is anticipated to last 3 months in the first instance at a £28/hour rate, but the period may be extended in due course.
The researcher will pursue research projects surveying the views of machine learning researchers and the public on questions in AI governance, forecasting, and policy. We are interested in conducting these surveys to answer questions such as: How accurate are machine learning researcher predictions on the progress of AI research? What do the public and ML researchers think are the most pressing challenges arising from developments in AI? What actors in the AI space do ML experts and the public view as most trustworthy?
Responsibilities will include project ideation, questionnaire design, coding, and testing, sampling frame creation, IRB process management, and data analysis. Strong applicants will have experience with survey design and implementation, project management, and data analysis, and an interest in AI and computing technologies. Pre-existing familiarity with AI and technology policy is preferred.
Examples of our survey work
- Artificial Intelligence: American Attitudes and Trends, featured in Bloomberg, Vox, Axios and the MIT Technology Review.
- When Will AI Exceed Human Performance? Evidence from AI Experts. The piece was the 16th most discussed article in 2017 according to Altmetric. It was reported on in e.g. the BBC, Newsweek, NewScientist, Tech Review, ZDNet, Slate Star Codex and The Economist.
- Public opinion lessons for AI regulation, Brookings Report by Baobao Zhang.
- The contract is anticipated to last 3 months in the first instance and will be paid at £28/hour. There may be the opportunity to extend this term in due course.
- The role can be undertaken remotely from anywhere in the world.
- We prefer candidates who are available for an immediate start.
- This project involves a collaboration between Oxford and Cornell universities, any additional work undertaken for Cornell will need to be negotiated directly with Cornell University.
- Strong project management skills
- Strong writing and analytical skills, preferably evidenced by written papers based on survey data
- High attention to detail
- Expertise in statistics, preferably evidenced by having conducted analyses on survey data
- Ability to program survey using Qualtrics
- Experience doing data analysis using R preferred; Python is acceptable
- A good command of English
- Language skills: Mandarin Chinese, French, German, Italian, or Spanish
- Familiarity with AI and technology policy
- A relevant completed or ongoing doctoral degree in statistics, mathematics, computer science, or the social sciences
- Experience programming surveys in Qualtrics
Submit your application by filling out the form below by 23:59 BST on August 10th 2020. We will consider applications on a rolling basis.
If you have any questions related to the role, please contact Markus Anderljung, Project Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org, with the subject line “Survey Research Contractor”.
Please submit your documents in .pdf format.
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